The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in March 2013 was 3,584. This represents a rate of 7.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 120th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

The number of claimants is 122 lower than in March 2012 and 3 lower than in February 2013. These data are not seasonally adjusted.

Employment may be on the rise nationwide but unfortunately here in Dagenham and Rainham the numbers tell a different story seeing the numbers stagnate with barely any rise in employment locally. This is disappointing news as throughout 2012 the number of unemployed claimants had been steadily decreasing in the area.

There is a lot of investment scheduled to come to Dagenham and Rainham in 2013. The new Tesco distribution centre being built near Rainham which is set to be completed this year will bring between 200 and 300 new jobs to the local area.

Jon Cruddas MP said: "I am meeting up with [Tesco] to discuss what the job implications are for local people. Throughout my discussions on this project my concerns have been to ensure as many local people as possible find work at the new distribution centre. Times are hard and we need as many job opportunities as we can for local people."

There are currently proposals to build a Sainsbury's superstore on the Sanofi Aventis site. And there are rumours that a Travelodge will be built in the coming year, providing more local employment. Investments such as these are set to help the figures stabilise later in 2013.

Local MP Jon Cruddas says: "the key to ensuring this is to make sure that it is jobs for local people. The discussions are still going on to ensure maximum benefits in the community – we are hopefully looking at thousands of local jobs in the next year or two for local residents."

It has been highlighted that youth unemployment has increased throughout the borough with one in ten young people being on Job Seekers Allowance.

Jon commented on this latest statistic: "It's disappointing to see youth unemployment so high in the local area, with statistics showing that one in ten young people are claiming JSA. The Tory plan is not working. However there is much investment set to improve job opportunities throughout 2013, with the new Tesco distribution centre, proposals for a new Sainsbury's and further regeneration work on the Sanofi site in Dagenham East. Alongside this there are some fantastic apprenticeship schemes for young people in the local area and we need to be promoting these, providing our youth with the skills and experience they need to help them find work in the future."